After a heart-stopping finish in the championship game, the London Knights are waking up Monday morning the best team in the Canadian Hockey League.
The Knight captured their second Memorial Cup in franchise history on Sunday night with a 3-2 overtime win over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Red Deer, Alberta.
The Knights hadn’t been defeated since April 1st, capturing 17 consecutive wins, but came so close to losing it all in the final game.
There was no scoring in the first period. Matthew Tkachuk, who suffered a sprained ankle earlier in the league final, scored the first goal of the game 9:19 into the second period.
The Huskies tied it at 1-1 before scoring their second goal 9:13 into the third, handing the Knight’s their first deficit of the entire tournament.
Christian Dvorak tied the game 2-2 with just over four minutes left in the third, forcing sudden death overtime for the 10th time since 1972.
Dozens of fans watched the game live inside the Agriplex at the Western Fair District.
“I’m telling you, what a nail-biter this game is,” said one fan.
Tkachuk scored his second goal of the night, which happened to be the game winner, 7:49 into overtime.
“It’s unbelievable,” Tkachuk said after the game. “All the work and dedication and everything that went into this year, and we had to dig ourselves out of a hole late in the third, and one of our captains came through and one of our other captains is MVP of the tournament, and you know, leading by example up front.”
Goalie Tyler Parsons made 29 saves. Tournament MVP and CHL player of the year Mitch Marner finished with 14 points in four games.
The Knights won their first Memorial Cup in 2005.
The OHL’s Windsor Spitfires will host the 2017 Memorial Cup.
(photo credit: Terry Wilson/CHL Images)